Monday, May 24, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Chloe. 11" x 8 1/4". Acrylic on Arches paper. 2010.
Here's another small piece. I really enjoy doing them because they also allow me to be very playful and experiment with my colors. They're size makes them intimate and lovely, in my opinion.
I've also been working on an old graphite drawing. It's amazing what more hours will bring to a piece. All great art takes time, rushing or taking short-cuts simply will not produce the same results. Anytime that I am awed by a work of art and wonder at how it was done, more often than not it has everything to do with the sheer number of hours that were spent on it. This is especially the case with graphite. Pictures soon.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I have been painting a lot these days. I feel so happy when I'm painting, excited and energized.
I've got 3 oil pieces and 1 small acrylic one on the go right now. I've always got something started on my little Arches watercolor block. It's my "lazy day work" when I don't feel like I have the mental and physical capacity to work on something big. It's actually quite taxing to sit down and paint for hours on end. I can't bring myself to do it until I've had at least 2 big meals and then my body says, "Ok I'm ready now". Then I disappear for 3 or 4 hours at a time and resurface when I'm hungry again. (:
Rebirth. Acrylic and graphite on Arches paper. 10"x8". 2010.
Monday, April 5, 2010
I've been thinking lately about how to make my work into a conscious practice of presence, using it as a way to not simply make art but to become a better person. Being able to shut off the mind, letting go of the baggage of past and present, is easy when I'm sitting in yoga class. When I'm painting, however, all of my worries rise to the surface in a stream of internal dialogue. Perhaps I will try tuning it out from now on. Sometimes it's not so hard to do...
(When all you are left with is pieces of yourself, there's no better time to look for the glue that holds us all together).
Acrylic and graphite on Arches paper. 10"x8". 2010.
The other night I had a really productive painting session and finished this little piece. It was definitely one of those lovely evenings when I was feeling inspired and in the mood to paint.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I'm scheduled to show in Ayden Gallery's June show with Kristian Adam called 'Animalopolis'. Kristian hinted that it would be cool if I had animals in my paintings. Serendipitously, I'd already begun including animals again in my work!
The challenge here will be that I am not used to painting animals, only drawing them. What I will have to do is find a way to paint them well, not necessarily realistically, but in a way that suits my style. I think this will be a matter of doing a high-finish drawing and only painting enough to make it pop without ruining the transparency. My intention is to work on raw wood so as to utilize the grain, which means that I can't re-work areas too much or the grain will get covered.
Anyways, today I begin my search for inspiration.
I'm a sucker for romance and unrequited love so this is meant to embody the feeling of optimistic loneliness when you feel like you are just a second away from meeting "the one" but each second feels like an eternity.
With Hope. Acrylic and graphite on wood. 4'x6'. Sold.
This was a commissioned painting. I was astounded to find out that they had never actually seen my work in person, only online, and trusted me enough to paint them a giant piece! I'm very lucky and appreciative!
I was really happy with how this one turned out. It's always a worry that a client won't like what I've created for them but I was confident that they would like this one. My technique is getting much more refined these days and I'm excited to get back into the oils with what I've learned. I wasn't able to get a perfect photo, you can see a shadow being cast on the left-hand corner of the painting and I had to crop out part of the hand at the bottom, but the details are clear.
Friday, March 12, 2010
This marks the first time that I did not work from a reference image for the figure! It was interesting to see how her features played themselves out along the way, with tweaks here and there to add more human qualities. I based it all on what I have learned and how I thought the lighting should look as it played across her features. My portraits can often "err" on the side of alien and they usually have to be reigned in a bit due to the feedback from clients. This is also the most detailed drawing that I have ever done and I am very happy with how it turned out.
Anima. Graphite on Arches paper. 30"x22". 2010. For Sale.